Upper Pond Result – There are a limited number of pegs at Bethwins and the six anglers who booked in were equally split between the two ponds. There was no work party at the venue this year and hence some cutting back of some vegetation was required, particularly in Mike Kitchener’s swim where he made full use of the long handled saw to cut back the overhanging branches. This competition was held later in the year and the tadpoles normally seen at this venue were noticeable by their absence. The weather was also fine which is also unusual for Bethwins but the walk to ponds was as long as ever, with the long grass not aiding progress. Over the years we have seen a reduction in the number of tench caught and this year was not exception with only 3 caught over the two ponds. No carp were caught in the Lower pond although the anglers did try for them.
In first place was Vince Herringshaw who use the method feeder to catch catch 3 carp on dead maggots. These weighed about thirteen pounds and coupled with some perch gave Vince a total of 16-1-0.
Steve Simmonds was in second place and managed to get 2 tench and 1 carp out of the jungle that is the furthest swim. The pole caught bag weighed 9-5-0 and included some perch. Steve lost several carp and also provided the day’s entertainment as he lost his top three kit in the jungle on the far bank and had to wade across to recover it.
Mick Greenway was pegged on the dam wall and caught a carp (on the feeder) and this coupled with some perch weighed 3-9-4. He also lost several carp in branches that are in the water in this swim